Unlike the big-picture resolutions I routinely fail to stick to—lose weight, help more around the house, get a better job (Is that even possible?)—this year, I’m hoping I can actually keep some of my resolutions by making them wine-related. Here goes.
Finish Racking the Cellar
I don’t have a big space—it measures only 5 feet wide by 6 feet deep—but it’s woefully short on racking, which makes it cumbersome to access many of my wines. Some are getting long in the tooth just because they’re in a case that’s buried under six or seven others. California Chardonnay from the mid-1990s, anyone? I’m O.K. with the occasional bottle that goes astray and turns out to be over the hill, but this needs to be remedied so much of my collection doesn’t waste away.
Drink More Broadly
My job requires that I specialize in certain wine regions. So what I drink leans heavily toward wines from Australia, New Zealand and France’s Rhône Valley. Yet, I recently had an attractive Cabernet Franc blend from Hungary, whose origin I never would’ve guessed. There’s more good wine coming from more parts of the world than ever before, so I’m vowing to explore (with an open mind) more of the unfamiliar.
An irony I’ve long pondered is that critics rarely have actual hands-on experience in their field of expertise. Film critics may watch a ton of movies, but how many have they made? So this year, I’m going to try my hand at making wine. If not my own little creation, at least I’ll spend some time helping out at a winery to gain a greater appreciation of what it takes to get good wine into a glass.
Listen More and Talk Less
Now that I’ve gotten these items off my chest, I’m resolving to spend more time listening to our readers. Tell the media group here at Wine Enthusiast what you’d like to read more of (or less of) by reaching out via social media, commenting on www.winemag.com or sending us e-mail or even snail mail. Let us know how we can make your Wine Enthusiast experience a better one, and we’ll try to make it happen.
What are your wine-drinking resolutions for 2015? Let us know in the comments!